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Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus Rabbis Across North America Maintain Close RIETS Ties

Graduates of YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) serving as Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) rabbis at east coast college campuses returned to Yeshiva University to reconnect and meet with Roshei Yeshiva and administration on December 24.

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RIETS graduates and current JLIC rabbis returned to Yeshiva University on December 24 to reconnect and discuss issues they face on college campuses.

JLIC, a program administered by the Orthodox Union and Hillel, “helps Orthodox students navigate the college environment and balance their Jewish commitments,” explained Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg, director of the Morris and Gertrude Bienenfeld Department of Jewish Career Development and Placement Center for the Jewish Future-RIETS.

He added, the JLIC couples are there “to inspire and learn with Orthodox affiliated students on campus, to open their homes and create an atmosphere where students will feel welcome and continue to remain engaged with their Judaism while on campus.” Read the rest of this entry…

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At 93 Percent, Match Rate for Ferkauf’s Clinical PsyD Program is One of Best in the Country

With 93 percent of students placed in internship programs, the clinical PsyD program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology had one of the highest match rates of similar programs in the United States over the past four years, according to a recent report by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. The report is one of the factors that potential graduate students weigh when deciding where to pursue their doctoral degree.

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Columnist George Will and NYU President John Sexton Discuss “Baseball, Tradition and God” at Straus Center Event

A rapt audience of 200 filled the seats of Yeshiva University’s Shenk Community Shul on Wednesday, December 17, to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will and New York University President John Sexton discuss baseball and its relationship to religion and democracy. The event, titled “Baseball Tradition, and God,” was the latest in a series of “Great Conversations” presented by YU’s Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought.

George Will, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and John Sexton discuss "Baseball, Tradition, and God."

George Will, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and John Sexton discuss “Baseball, Tradition, and God” at December 17 Straus Center event.

Introducing Will and Sexton as “two extraordinary athletes of the mind,” Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, director of the Straus Center and moderator of the talk, opened his remarks by asking if baseball is simply a game or does it also teach us about the virtues of love, loyalty, fidelity and faith. He also connected the discussion to Chanukah, citing the clash of Hellenistic and Jewish culture.

Will, a Chicago Cubs fan, said he appreciates baseball for the game itself but asked why we, as a society, care so much. “We attach ourselves to a team and acquire a tribal identity.”

Rabbi Soloveichik said that Cubs fans accept “their fate with good cheer” and that it builds strong character—even if you try hard and long enough you’ll still lose. Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University and RIETS Present December 25 Yarchei Kallah 

Yeshiva University and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) will present a communitywide Yarchei Kallah [gathering for Torah study] Thursday, December 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Studies, 515 West 185th Street, New York City.

Sessions will focus on current issues facing the land of Israel, including shemittah [the Sabbatical year], the Temple Mount, halachic [Jewish law] ramifications of Israel’s proposed conversion bill, archeology in Jerusalem, as well as communal and social matters. Read the rest of this entry…

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Students, Faculty and Alumni Honored as Points of Light at Hanukkah Dinner

Students, faculty and alumni who embody the mission of Yeshiva University were recognized as “Points of Light” during the dinner portion of Yeshiva University’s 90th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation, held at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria on December 14.

“The lesson of Hanukkah is that the Jewish people must cast the light of our values onto the world,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “Tonight, we publicize the lights that represent the past, present, and future of Yeshiva University.”

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Michael Gamson, Judith Weiss and Anita Zucker Honored at Yeshiva University’s 90th Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner

Former President George W. Bush was the special guest and keynote speaker at Yeshiva University’s 90th Annual Hanukkah Convocation and Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Sunday, December 14. More than 750 people came to show their support for the University and to witness YU President Richard M. Joel confer an honorary doctorate upon the 43rd U.S. president.

“What an honor it is to have you as part of the Yeshiva University family,” said President Joel in his introduction of President Bush. “We celebrate you for the steadfastness of your integrity, for your commitment to democracy, and your clarity of vision that only in a democratic society can people achieve and grow and thrive. Put simply, you taught Americans that democracy is a condition for civilization.”

He added, “We applaud you for the loyalty of your friendship and commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish people.”

In his keynote address, President Bush said, “Yeshiva University is a prestigious university and I am proud to accept this degree.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Grunstein Family Dedicates Torah To Yeshiva University

The family of Leonard Grunstein, a respected figure in the New York City real estate community, dedicated a Sefer Torah to Yeshiva University in memory of his father, Morris Grunstein a”h. The gift was celebrated in an all-day ceremony on December 7, featuring a traditional march through the streets with family, university administration, and students of the school. The Torah will be used for services at the university. Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University Offers Online Child Abuse Prevention Course for Rabbis

Early each Monday morning, from 1:30 to 3:30 a.m., Rabbi Alon Meltzer wakes up and logs on to his computer, joining 20 other rabbis from countries around the world who are participating in a new online Yeshiva University course designed to help rabbinic leaders identify and protect their communities from the dangers of child abuse. As rabbi of the ACT Jewish Community, Inc., in Canberra, Australia, he considers the sleep loss a small price to pay.

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“It’s imperative that we, as rabbis in the Orthodox world, understand as much as we can about child abuse if we are going to navigate the complexity of emotions and pain of congregants, or anyone who has experienced an atrocity like this, as they seek guidance,” said Meltzer. “Continuing my education is paramount and the opportunities afforded to me through YU grants me, and by extension my community, access to the brightest minds in an array of fields.”

Jointly offered by YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF), YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, the course, “Addressing Child Abuse: Defining Roles, Enhancing Skills,” takes place over 12 weeks and features experts in fields that run the gamut from synagogue safety to emotional healing.

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YU High School for Girls Computer Science Club Gives Students Competitive Edge in Male-Dominated Field

For today’s high school and college students, technological skills are more important than ever. Demand for computer science degrees has skyrocketed, with employers across industries seeking candidates who can program and code on any level. But for women, the future isn’t as bright: despite making up more than half of the workforce, only 25 percent hold jobs in technical or computing fields, and in a room of 25 engineers, only three are likely to be women.

20141203_girls_coding_club_008Students at Yeshiva University’s Samuel H. Wang High School for Girls (Central) are planning to change that equation.

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YU and MTA Alumnus Joshua Jacoby Appointed Executive Director of Yeshiva University High Schools

Yeshiva University has announced the appointment of Joshua Jacoby as executive director of Yeshiva University High Schools—the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy / Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) on the YU’s Wilf Campus and the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) in Holliswood, Queens—where he will oversee strategic business areas of the high schools.

Joshua Jacoby

Joshua Jacoby

Jacoby, a graduate of both MTA and Yeshiva College, previously served in the Marketing Partnerships group at Madison Square Garden, and before that, as director of admissions at MTA.

In his new role, Jacoby will be responsible for managing various business and revenue generating aspects of both schools and will lead MTA’s planning and preparation for its centennial celebration taking place in 2016. Read the rest of this entry…

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